The Northern team cheers on their last swimmer to victory. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Members of the Southern team head up beach during the competition. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Members of the BSU Mission Bay team run out of the ocean during the relays. / Photo by Thomas Melville
The Northern team poses after winning the 66th annual Ron Trenton Memorial Relay. / Photo by Thomas Melville
The BSU (Mission Bay), Central (Pacific Beach-Mission Beach), Northern (La Jolla) and Southern (Ocean Beach) lifeguard teams displayed their athleticism, tenacity and dedication to the profession of surf lifesaving by putting on a great show for the observing crowd on Thursday, Aug. 1 at South Mission Beach.
The Southern and Northern teams went head-to-head for the first four events with Southern landline swimmer Gabby Thomas plus the landline team inching out Northern to the beach and with round trip swimmers Tore Blichtfelt and Greg Nelsen holding off the Northern swimmers during their allotted swim legs.
The momentum swing occurred during the first distance paddle when Northern’s Tristan Sullaway (the evening’s MVP), put 15 seconds between himself and the paddler from Southern. Northern took it from there.
The Northern team captain, Kyle Gantz, accepted the relay trophy, which they will host until next summer, and also presented the coveted “relay mugs” to his winning team.